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Hi, I'm going to be writing a taco cookbook for Sasquatch Books. Back in July, I saw the call for a taco writer on Bandini's taco blog and pursued it. So here I am, about to embark on the first of probably three legs of taco research. This trip will take the family and I from the Rogue Valley in Oregon (Dec 22 down I-5) to Santa Barbara (Dec 23 cut over at Kettleman City then south, 24,25,26 in SB), LA (1 or two days), Tecate (1 day), Ensenada (1-2 days), then south to Bahia de los Angeles to visit my sister. I think for LA, I'm looking mostly for westside trucks and taquerias. I can enter either thru the PCH (I remember killer tacos in Oxnard in 92, still there?) or the 101. I know I don't have San Diego on there. It's mainly a time issue. But if there is a super-duper must eat place not far off the 5 I will consider.

The book will basically have about 50 taco recipes, from the standard to gourmet, strange to awesome. The goal is to collect recipes that people can recreate in their homes. I am keeping the field wide open and will cull later, so anything is game, even ram testicles! I've been poring over entries here as well as on the taco blogs, websites, etc. I hope this thread isn't too redundant because there are similar threads. But my mission is to collect (and give full credit to the creators) recipes for killer tacos that will knock your socks off. You know, we all have a place that we drool over just thinking about. (Mine is currently al pastor at the El Gallo truck in Medford, Oregon) I want readers to drool over and swoon for the most awesome tacos on the west coast. (It's not specifically a west coast book, but I'll be hitting SF area, Portland and Seattle later).
I want rocking tortillas, fillings, salsas, condiments, a few drinks, a few desserts. All who contribute recipes will be acknowledged in book with address and/or website.

So if anyone can recommmend places on I-5 south of Merced, Santa Maria area, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Oxnard, West LA, San Diego, Tecate, Ensenada, (maybe Tijuana on return) and points south, I would be eternally grateful and definitely place you name in the thank you section. I can hardly believe my good fortune at landing this gig. I'm an SF Peninsula taco head since the mid-80's and I'm thrilled to see tacos taking over the world! Please let me know if I need to be more clear on any points. Cheers!

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  1. Santa Barbara - Lilly's Taqueria, literally next to the 101
    LA - Acosta on imperial, a few blocks from the 405

    1. If you're going through Orange County, Taco Mesa has awesome tacos (I think they put goat cheese in them).

      http://www.tacomesa.net/location.htm

      Christian @ http://ocmexfood.blogspot.com/ would probably know of unique taco places in the OC area.

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      1. re: jane_jane

        El Parian on Pico Blvd is amazing for Carne Asada Tacos. Please make sure you stop by and have a few. Here is my review of El Parian.

        http://www.undercoverla.blogspot.com/

      2. Just a reminder that the LA board is focused on LA chow. If you've got a recommendation for non-LA parts of taco clandestino's query, please start a thread on California or Mexico as appropriate.

        1. Sabor A Mexico in Culver city is good, but not too near the I 5. It is near the 10. The I-5 doesn't go near Santa Barbara, but the 101 does.

          1. Exquisitos Tacos in Pasadena. Best Al Pastor, but he has the rest and it is good. In the back of a small corner market in Pasadena - corner of Hammond & Summit (1 block north of Mountain & 1 block east of Raymond). They are only open until 8pm and closed on Sunday, but definitely worth it. I think you will need 2 days in LA. Good luck! Can't wait to get the book!! ;-)